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Mitchell Johnson announces retirement from all cricket

first_imgAustralia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who struck fear into batsmen around the world but especially on the bouncy pitches of his homeland, has announced his retirement from cricket saying his body is “shutting down” after years of punishment.Johnson, 36, had hoped to continue playing in some international Twenty20 tournaments but said the back problems he endured during this year’s Indian Premier League had confirmed it was time to retire.”It’s over. I’ve bowled my final ball, taken my final wicket,” Johnson said. “Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket.”My competitive urge hasn’t left me and hopefully that’s something I can use to channel into a coaching or mentoring role in the future.”Johnson previously announced he wouldn’t play in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League because the new schedule had become too demanding.”When I sat down with new Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges recently to discuss my future he was interested in me playing on again this summer,” he said.”If I can’t play at 100 per cent then I can’t give my best to the team. And for me it’s always been about the team.”Johnson took 313 wickets in 73 tests at an average of 28.40 and 239 wickets in 153 one-day internationals at 25.26. Under-rated as an all rounder, he also scored more than 2,000 test runs at an average of 22 with a century and 11 half centuries.The left armer was the spearhead of the Australia pace attack for most of his career which stretched, punctuated by injuries, from 2007 to 2015. He brought all the skills of the top fast bower: pace, swing, bounce and seam but he added to that the belligerence which inspires the best quicks and cows batsmen.advertisementHis was a career of ups and downs but at his best he was unquestionably the most feared and successful bowler of his generation.His career had its peak in the 2013-2014 season when, in eight tests against England and South Africa, he took 59 wickets at an average of 15.23.Johnson said he hopes to find a new role in coaching as cricket is the only thing he knows.”I don’t know if I’ll be any good at it,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of experience in cricket and no experience in coaching officially…”Now it’s all over the stand-out memories include the 2012-2014 Ashes summer, the South African tours, including my only test century in Cape Town in 2009, and the World Cups.”I saw more highs and lows than most cricketers and I’m proud that I was able to fight back from adversity in the latter part of my career and produce consistent performances.”At my best I felt like I was meant to be out there and I didn’t have to force anything. It just happened.”(With AP inputs)last_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

Swimming: 5-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin retires at 23

first_imgMissy Franklin, the 2012 World Swimmer of the Year, announced her retirement on Wednesday at age 23, citing intense pain from shoulder injuries that have dogged her for nearly three years.Franklin was a 17-year-old when she won the 100 and 200 metres backstroke events at the 2012 London Olympics, the latter in a world-record time that still stands more than six years later.She also made the final in two other individual events in London and was part of two victorious US relay teams.Franklin picked up six golds at the 2013 Barcelona World Championships but never improved her personal best times from London.She struggled to replicate her teenage performances after first experiencing bad shoulder pain in early 2016.She still made the U.S. team for the Rio Olympics, however, where she picked up another relay gold after swimming in the heats, before having surgery on both shoulders last year.”This was perhaps the hardest letter I’ve ever had to write … Today, I announce my retirement from competitive swimming,” Franklin wrote on Twitter.”I’ve been in too much pain, for too long, to go through another surgery with longer recovery time and no guarantee it would even help,” she wrote in a column for ESPN.com.”It took me a long time to say the words, ‘I am retiring.’ A long, long time. But now I’m ready.”last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Never thought I will get an opportunity to play for India so soon: Mayank Markande

first_imgMayank Markande is over the moon after he was selected in the Indian team for the upcoming two-match T20 international series against Australia.Markande received his maiden international call-up on Friday after being included in the Indian T20I side for the series starting February 24.The 21-year-old recently starred in the unofficial Test against the England Lions where he picked up a five-wicket haul to set up a massive win for India A just hours before getting included in the T20I side.India A won the match by an innings and 68 runs with the Mumbai Indians mystery spinner Markande finishing as the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 31 as India A skittled out England Lions for 180.”It’s a dream come true, I had never thought I will get an opportunity to play for India so soon. It’s a very big thing and I am extremely happy,” Markande told Cricketnext after his selection.”Credit goes to the team management, Rohit bhaiya had told me that I was bowling well and should be prepared to play. Rahul Sanghvi sir helped me a lot in the nets. Even Rohit bhaiya said to not hesitate and ask him about anything, he encouraged me a lot,” he added.Ever since his debut Indian Premier League season with the Mumbai Indians last year, Markande has impressed one and all with his bowling.The Bathinda-born spinner had come to notice in the IPL 2018 opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings when he trapped MS Dhoni LBW with a googly that skidded through. He then went on to pick the wickets of Ambati Rayudu and Deepak Chahar in that match.advertisementIt was just the start of the something big for Markande as he became the leading-wicket taker as well at one stage of the IPL 2018. Markande played all of Mumbai Indians’ 14 matches and impressed with his 15 wickets at 24.53 with one four-wicket haul as well.But performing in the IPL and shining at the international stage for India is completely different. For now, Markande is just looking forward to sharing the dressing room with stalwarts like captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Rohit Sharma and the legendary MS Dhoni.”I haven’t really thought about it but there is so much to learn (from Kohli). The way he handles game situations, I will try to learn from their experiences but sharing the dressing room with the likes of Virat bhaiya, Dhoni bhaiya and Rohit bhaiya will be a dream come true,” Markande concluded.Also Read | Virat Kohli returns to lead India in T20Is and ODIs vs AustraliaAlso Read | Want to give Rishabh Pant a few ODIs before taking final call on World Cup: MSK Prasadlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Pakistan Super League 2019 Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars Online Coverage

first_imgPeshawar Zalmi take on Lahore Qalandars in the sixth match of the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What time does the match between Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars start?The match between Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars starts at 9:30 PM IST on February 17, Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What TV channel and live stream is the match between Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars Live Streaming on?cricketgateway.com will live stream Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars match.Where will the Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars match be played?The T20 match between Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai from 9:30 PM IST.Where can I watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars match live?The match will be streamed on Airtel TV and Jio TV.Where can I check the online live updates of the Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars T20 match?You can follow the details of the match between Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads of Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars?Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal(w), Andre Fletcher, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Liam Dawson, Daren Sammy(c), Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Umaid Asif, Sameen Gul, Khalid Usman, Dawid Malan, Umar Amin, Wayne Madsen, Nabi Gul, Jamal Anwar, Samiullah, Ibtisam SheikhLahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, Anton Devcich, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Hafeez(c), Brendan Taylor(w), Hardus Viljoen, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali, Agha Salman, Haris Sohail, Gauhar Ali, Aizaz Cheema, Saad Ali, Hassan Khan, David Wiese, Mohammad Imran, Umair Masoodadvertisementlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Oppo Reno series confirmed to launch in India on May 28

first_imgOppo has confirmed it’s bringing the Reno series to India on May 28. The company has sent out invites for the launch event where we expect to see the debut of both the Oppo Reno and Reno 10X Zoom Edition phones in the country. The phones tout a new shark fin-designed pop-up selfie camera. The Reno 10X Zoom Edition is the company’s flagship phone powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset. It also highlight a periscope camera with 10x lossless zoom support.Oppo is yet to confirm whether it plans to bring the Oppo Reno 5G model in India on May 28. It seems unlikely that the 5G variant will launch in India right now considering the deployment of 5G networks in the country is only expected by 2020. On May 28, Oppo will most likely announce the regular Oppo Reno and the flagship Reno 10X Zoom Edition in India.The Oppo Reno series went official in China a few weeks ago. The vanilla Reno model starts at CNY 2,999 (approx Rs 30,900) for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It goes up to CNY 3,599 (approx Rs 37,100) for the 8GB + 256GB variant.The Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Edition, on the other hand, starts at CNY 3,999 (approx Rs 41,200) for the 6GB + 128GB variant and goes up to Rs CNY 4,799 (approx Rs 49,500) for the 8GB + 256GB version. It is unclear whether Oppo plans to launch all variants of the Reno and Reno 10X Zoom Edition in India. The flagship Reno will take on the OnePlus 7 Pro that is set to launch in India on May 14.advertisement The Oppo Reno is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset while the Reno 10X Zoom Edition packs a Snapdragon 855 processor. The former sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ display, while the latter gets a 6.55-inch FHD+ display. Both the phones offer AMOLED panels and support in-display fingerprint sensors. They also ship with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition gets a triple camera setup that includes a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 13MP telephoto sensor. The regular Reno gets a dual camera setup with a 48MP + 5MP configuration, losing out on the telephoto zoom lens. Both the phones offer similar shark fin-like rising selfie camera with a 16MP selfie sensor. Lastly, the Oppo Reno houses a 3,765mAh battery,while the flagship model houses a larger 4,065mAh battery, both support fast charging with VOOC 3.0.ALSO READ | Oppo F11 Pro 128GB storage variant goes on sale in India for Rs 25,990last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

World Cup 2019: India’s road to semi-finals

first_imgIndia are in the World Cup semi-finals for the 7th time. On Tuesday, Virat Kohli’s India will take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand to battle for a berth in the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Rohit Sharma (647 runs including 5 hundreds) and Jasprit Bumrah (17 wickets) have been phenomenal for India. KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami have been spectacular too and no one was surprised when India became the second team after Australia to reach the semi-finals.Since the disappointment of 2007, India have done incredibly well in World Cups. They won the tournament in 2011, reached the semi-finals in 2015 and are hot favourites to lift the trophy at Lord’s on July 14.”For the Indian team, every game is full of pressure.”#ViratKohli speaks to the press ahead of his side’s semi-final showdown with New Zealand on Tuesday. #INDvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/suQ4iTqJ1aCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 8, 2019This is how India’s road to the semi-finals looked like:June 5 – beat South Africa: Chasing a tricky target, India lost Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli early. In overcast conditions against a charged-up Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris, it could have gone wrong for India but Rohit Sharma stood like a wall. He finished with 122 not out and India were off to a winning start.June 9 – beat Australia: This was expected to be the most difficult challenge for India. Australia, the defending champions, were fired up. They were on a winning spree and had welcomed back David Warner and Steve Smith. But India were in a zone which opposing teams fear. Shikhar Dhawan smashed a hundred while Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma hit half-centuries to give India 352/5 off their 50 overs.advertisementAustralia tried hard but the brilliance of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah scripted a 36-run win.June 13 – No result vs New Zealand: Both India and New Zealand were unbeaten at that stage of the tournament but rain played spoilsport. The game was washed out without a ball being bowled.122*140102104103@ImRo45, record-breaker. #TeamIndia | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/WDseuz1HmfCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 8, 2019June 16 – beat Pakistan: The most high-profile clash of the World Cup. India vs Pakistan was billed as the mother of all matches in the tournament. Experts believed India were ovehwelming favourites and they were right. Pakistan won the toss and put India in. Rohit Sharma smashed another half-century while KL Rahul and Virat Kohli hit half-centuries to give India 336 for 5 off their 50 overs. Pakistan were all at sea against Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya as India romped home to a an 89-run (D/L) win.June 22 – beat Afghanistan: 6 days after that crushing win over Pakistan, India took on Afghanistan. It was expected to be a breeze for India but Afghanistan’s spinners exposed India’s middle-order. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were slow in the middle phase and Afghanistan almost pulled off the upset of the tournament before Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami saved India the blushes.June 27 – beat West Indies: India were clinical against West Indies. The batting revolved around Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni whose half-centuries gave India 268 for 7. It was a tricky total to defend against a power-packed West Indies line-up but India’s famed pace attack stood up to deliver again. India won by 125 runs and were well on their way to the semi-finals.Rohit Sharma in #CWC19 so far122* v57 v140 v1 v18 v102 v104 v103 v #TeamIndia fans on what makes him special pic.twitter.com/0AZgkmqLROCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 8, 2019June 30 – lost to England: Hosts England vs pre-tournament favourites India. By then, England had lost to Sri Lanka and the tournament was wide open. Jason Roy came back from an injury break and smashed the Indian spinners along with Jonny Bairstow. Rohit Sharma scored another hundred but India were surprisingly slow in a chase of 338. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were criticised for their go-slow approach as India lost by 31 runs.July 2- beat Bangladesh: There were no alarm bells ringing for India but the middle-order woes were beginning to scare their fans. However, Rohit Sharma smashed his second hundred in 3 days and India posted a challenging 314 for 9 off their 50 overs. Was it going to be enough against a quality Bangladesh batting line-up? Shakib Al Hasan kept his team in the hunt and there was some lower order resilience but Bumrah’s accurate yorkers paved the way for a 28-run win.July 6 – beat Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews’s 3rd ODI hundred was the cornerstone of India’s 264 for 7. Sri Lanka had defended middling totals before in the World Cup but Rohit Sharma hit his 5th hundred of the tournament and KL Rahul hit his 2nd ODI hundred as India stormed to a 7-wicket win. Later that evening, Australia lost to South Africa in a high-scoring game and India finished on top of the table.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli on meeting Kane Williamson in another World Cup semi-final: Quite a nice memoryAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma vs David Warner in race for top run-scorerlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Ashes: No handshake as Australia win toss and bat at fortress Edgbaston

first_imgThere were no handshakes as Australia won the toss and elected to bat in brightening conditions at Edgbaston as the Ashes series between England and Australia got under way in Birmingham on Thursday.Australia captain Tim Paine implemented a pre-game football-style handshake between teams when he took over for the final Test against South Africa last year following former skipper Steve Smith’s suspension.However, as was reported by the British media in the run-up to the opener at Edgbaston, England were not so keen on the idea and such an occurrence did not take place.England have not lost a test match at “fortress Edgbaston” in more than a decade, with holders Australia not winning here since 2001, and home fans were keen to point such a fact out to their counterparts from Down Under.After a gloomy morning in Birmingham, conditions improved, which may have influenced Paine’s decision to elect to bat in what is considered to be a bowler-friendly environment in the Midlands.Paine revealed the Australia team when winning the toss, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood missing out, and veteran Peter Siddle and James Pattinson — starting his first test since February 2016 — in the XI.”I like the bowling attack — I think they’ve shown a lot of courage to leave out Starc and Hazlewood, who have been fantastic for Australia for a long time,” former Australia spinner Shane Warne said.England captain Joe Root insisted that he was not too disappointed to be bowling given the conditions, perhaps giving a glimpse into the mind games that are to come in this series.advertisementThe scene was a common one coming into an English cricket ground for a clash between the arch rivals, with casually-dressed Australians enjoying many boisterous exchanges with Englishmen in coats and full-length trousers.Raucous Edgbaston is about as far removed from the refined surrounds of Lord’s as it can get — especially the notorious Eric Hollies stand, the spiritual home of England’s vocal ‘Barmy Army’.The crowd were early with their chanting mostly aimed at the disgraced Australian trio of David Warner, Smith and Cameron Bancroft, with the Australians in attendance happy to grin and bear it.With fans finding their seats after one last morning trip to the bar, a gospel choir welcomed the teams onto the pitch with their rendition of England’s cricket anthem ‘Jerusalem’.The Australian team were welcomed by a cacophony of boos, before the national anthems, with the visitors keen to show a united front with arms on each other’s shoulders as they sang theirs, before the handshake that never was.Also Read | Ashes: Tim Paine’s handshake tradition creates stir ahead of Edgbaston TestAlso Read | England champs, Aussie cheats: Banner spotted during Ashes openerAlso Seelast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

DRIVER CHARGED IN PLYMOUTH COUNTY ROLLOVER

first_imgPLYMOUTH COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED AND CHARGED THE DRIVER OF A TANKER TRUCK THAT OVERTURNED ON HIGHWAY 75 THURSDAY MORNING, CAUSING TRAFFIC TO BE DETOURED FOR NEARLY TEN HOURS.58 YEAR OLD RONALD VAN KIEFT OF KIRKVILLE, IOWA WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL.SHERIFF’S INVESTIGATORS SAY VAN KIEFT APPARENTLY FELL ASLEEP WHILE DRIVING THE SOUTHBOUND SEMI TANKER BETWEEN MERRILL AND HINTON AROUND 5AM.THE TRUCK ENTERED THE MEDIAN AND ROLLED, CAUSING THE NORTHBOUND LANES TO BE SHUT DOWN.VAN KIEFT SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT.last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Notes on Mike Gundy’s Sugar Bowl Press Conference

first_imgCoach gave the press about 22 minutes on Monday covering the Mason/J.W. situation, prepping for Ole Miss, reminiscing a little about Ole Miss, and talked assistant coaches and B-Weeds a little. What a great season this has been in so many weird ways!• Opened up with: “Things are going real well. Mason is going to take some team reps today. He’s out of his boot. He’s moving around better. Seaton’s back to playing. Jarwin’s back.”Previous Bowl Games with Ole Miss• On the 2004 Cotton Bowl: “The first time I was here with Coach Miles, right? We played good. Eli Manning kept the ball away from us at the end of the game. I know he completed an out-cut on like, 3rd and 12. It was 31-28, or something like that. Good game.” He can remember plays and scores from 11 years ago, but calls Barry Sanders 21?!• Then, to the 2009 game…also the Cotton Bowl: “In the Cotton Bowl, we just didn’t play good. That was just not a fun game.”• Coach was asked, essentially, “In that game Zac was hurt. Did you ever think about not using him? You had a pretty good guy over there (Weeden). This was his spectacular answer: “I don’t know who was in charge of that. He just didn’t fit our system. We ran a lot of option. Brandon just didn’t look good in practice doing that.”On Ole Miss Prep• The OL seems confident that you will run the ball better in the ball game: “I’m not sure exactly how much ground we can make up on either side of the ball. There’s two things that need to happen in this game: we need to be better and play more gap-sound and stop the run on defense. And then on offense, we have to find a way to be able to establish 125 yards of offense rushing.”• The $1,000,000 question – what’s the quarterback situation? “With the increased role and number of practice reps J.W.’s gotten, we would expect him to play at least half the game either way, depending on Mason’s health.”• But, if Mason is healthy, wouldn’t you be inclined to go ahead and start him? “It’s hard for me to answer that because I don’t know what he’s going to look like in practice or what his health is going to be like a week from now. The one thing we can’t forget…we can’t disregard the amount of reps JW’s gotten up to this point. If he’s healthy he certainly needs to play in at least half of the game.” Seems like half the game for each of them is the consensus.• Isn’t Mason much more of a downfield threat? “You know it’s interesting – J.W. throws the ball down the field as much as Mason does. He just hasn’t had as many reps. If you take him out of goal line situations, the percentages are pretty close.” OK – that is interesting. I’d like to make a formal request for OKC Dave to look into this.• How is the new situation running special teams coming along? “Special Teams is one area you have a lot of concern about going into a bowl game. You’ve had a month off and a lot of things can change.”• How about Jalen McCleskey’s development? “I think he’s going to develop into a good punt return guy. He’s gain some experience and he settled in. You still take some chances, and that’s okay.”• Is it tempting to do some of the same things you did last year in the Cactus Bowl against U-Dub, i.e. Castleman, or is this game too important? “We’ll always have new plays in a bowl game. We want to have some fun with the players in the game.” Wheeee!On the Assistant Coaches• Is this one of the better assistant coaching staffs you feel like you’ve ever had? “I’m very comfortable with our staff. I think this is one of the best recruiting staffs we’ve ever had, I think. We’ll find out.”• “They have really good continuity. They check their egos at the door. They’ve worked well together and I think the team feels that.”• Have you ever considered a high school coach? This was interesting, too: “We always evaluate a high school coach. There’s a lot of areas you have to take into consideration. Some of the better coaches out there are high school football coaches.”Miscellaneous and Closing• Did you get to see Weeden play? “I saw one highlight play where he threw a bootleg pass and scored a touchdown. And that’s all I saw. I did text him and he responded back. I told him I was proud of him. I think they’re going to find out they’ve got a pretty good player. He’s a company guy. He’ll say, ‘Yes sir and no sir’ and just work hard.”• Will you spend time this spring developing a second situational quarterback (another J-Dub)? “We’ll have to evaluate and see what we have. If there is a player who can help us win games in September, we’ll certainly accommodate using another quarterback.”• And this – this was great. It came very early in the conference, but I thought it was a great closer. Coach was asked, “Is it hard to jump out and be Dad for Christmas and then jump back into football?” A great answer followed: “Not really. For the most part, we (he and his boys, I’m guessing) do something every day. They’re with me here at practices. They’re out of school now, so they’re here today.” That’s pretty cool.Hope everyone has a great Christmas, a wonderful and safe New Year, and … Go Pokes!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Details: When India defeated Macau 13-0

first_imgIndia India 13-0 Macau: Looking back at India U-16 team’s biggest ever victory Atanu Mitra Last updated 2 years ago 23:13 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Indian U-17 World Cup Squad’s clash against Italy U-17 National Team. AIFF Media India Macao v India India U17 Macao Asian Cup Qualification As the senior side get ready to face the East Asian country, they can take heart from a thrashing 33 years ago. When Sunil Chhetri and co. take the field against Macau on Tuesday to play an AFC Asian Cup qualifier, it will be the first time the senior teams of the two countries will lock horns in a competitive fixture.Macau, an East Asian country, which is famous for its mega casinos, however, hold a special place in the history of Indian football, as the India U-16 team’s biggest ever victory had come against them way back in 1984.It was the first edition of Asian U16 football tournament, which also acted as the qualifier for U16 World Cup 1985 – a competition that was made U17 from 1991- with Saudi Arabia and Qatar qualifying from Asia. India, coached by Syed Nayeemuddin were grouped in Group 2A along with China, Kuwait, North Yemen and Macau. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Blue Colts lost the first two matches and drew the third against North Yemen to bow out of the competition but salvaged some pride by thumping in 13 goals against a hapless Macau, who had conceded 48 goals in their first three matches (16 against North Yemen, 11 against China, 21 against Kuwait).However, not many of members of that team could make it to the mainstream of Indian football.Abhijit Roychowdhury, the prolific center-forward of the team, who had scored a hat-trick that day, played for a number of small clubs in Kolkata before getting arrested in 2002 for a murder case, where his alleged association with the city’s shady underworld came under the police scanner.Central midfielder Shanta Kumar, though, is a known face having coached Gangtok Himalayan SC and Sudeva Moonlight FC in the second division I-League in the last couple of seasons while Assamese Francis Barua went on to play for the likes of Salgaocar, Mahindra United and Mohammedan Sporting.PP Thobias, who was the captain of the side, was a pivotal part of the Santos club in Kerala which was very popular before the emergence of FC Kochin.The U17 national team has played a number of top-notch sides over the last couple of years and there is not much doubt about this being one of the best youth sides ever produced by India, but for the moment, their predecessor’s record stands tall.Scoreline:Bangkok, Aug 28, 1984:India 13-0 Macau : Avijit Roy Chowdhury (3′, 61′, 70′), Das Shyama Kumar (6′, 58′, 75′), Ahmed Khan (36′, 37′), Harry Devassagayam (14′), Prabir Barua (32′), Khadem Ningthemoth (33′), Shanta Kumar (66′) and P. Thobias (79′).last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

East Bengal vs Patha Chakra CFL Preview

first_imgEast Bengal vs Patha Chakra CFL Preview: Team News, Timing, TV Details Ritabrata Banerjee Last updated 2 years ago 20:30 6/9/2017 East Bengal players celebrate After a week’s gap Calcutta Football League leaders East Bengal are back in action against Patha Chakra on Wednesday… On the back of a five-match winning streak defending Calcutta Football League (CFL) champions East Bengal take the field on Wednesday against minnows Patha Chakra in a sixth round clash. Full three points against Patha Chakra will push East Bengal to the summit with a 2 points lead over rivals Mohun Bagan who are second in the league table.Patha Chakra who qualified to the Premier Division this season as champions have not performed as per expectation. With quite a few quality names like Lalkamal Bhowmick and Eric Brown in their ranks, the Men in Purple were expected to play better football. They had started their campaign on a high with a 4-2 win over giants Mohammedan Sporting, but slowly faded away as the league progressed. They currently have four points from as many matches and are placed at the sixth position.The picture of the East Bengal camp is extremly flowery on the other hand. They are yet to taste defeat in the league and have already scored 17 goals in the tournament. Without two foreign players, the team had outclassed Railway FC 3-0 in their last match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Another very good news from the Red and Gold camp is that the Indian players have performed brilliantly. The team has two hat-trick heroes this time VP Suhair and Surabuddin Mullick which depicts how well the Indian brigade has fired.Once again against Patha Chakra, the Kolkata giants will be without Trinidad and Tobago duo Willis Plaza and Carlyle Mitchell who will not be back until Friday from international duty. VP Suhair, Khalid Jamil’s trusted lieutenant has unfortunately suffered an injury and will be out action tomorrow. Gabriel Fernandes likely to partner Joby Justin upfront replacing Suhair.Another change which was noticed during the team’s practice session was young defender Tanmoy Ghosh playing as a left-back in place of in-form Lalramchullova. Jamil may experiment with starting XI and have a look at how his reserve players are performing.Kick off: 2:45 PM (IST)Venue: East Bengal groundTelecast: Kolkata TVEast Bengal predicted XI against Patha ChakraEast Bengal Team NewsInjury: VP SuhairSuspended: NoneDoubtful: NoneKey Player: Mahmoud Al Amna  read morelast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Ancelotti: James still not 100 per cent fit

first_imgBayern München Ancelotti: James needs to improve physical condition Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 10:53 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JamesRodriguez - Cropped Getty Images Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti Schalke 04 v Bayern München Schalke 04 Bundesliga The Bayern Munich boss was pleased with what he saw from the Colombian in his first Bundesliga start, but admitted he’s still not 100 per cent fit Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with James Rodriguez’s display in his team’s 3-0 win at Schalke, but said the attacker was not yet at full fitness.James, 26, marked his first Bundesliga start with a goal and an assist as Bayern moved top of the table.Bayern 6/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Ancelotti praised the Colombia international, who is on loan from Real Madrid, for his display, but added the attacker was still working his way back to fitness after a thigh injury.”He did well, he had a good performance. He played with the team, for the team, together with the others, with a good combination,” Ancelotti said.”I think he has to improve his physical condition because he is not 100 per cent, but what he did today was really good.”Contento por marcar mi primer gol con la camiseta del @FCBayern pic.twitter.com/Iq5QlfayR1— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) September 19, 2017Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern from the penalty spot before goals from James and Arturo Vidal.Ancelotti was satisfied with his side’s display, saying: “The performance was good from the beginning until the end.”We played with intensity, with good attacking play, compact when we defended. I think everything was OK.”Bayern are in action again on Friday when they host Wolfsburg.last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Conte: Not simple for tired Chelsea

first_imgChelsea Conte: Man City match not simple for tired Chelsea Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 08:30 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() AntonioConte - cropped Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Chelsea v Manchester City Manchester City Premier League The club’s less favourable midweek schedule was cited by their manager after his team dropped a result to Pep Guardiola’s side Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte suggested his team’s midweek workload at Atletico Madrid was a mitigating factor in the 1-0 Premier League loss to Manchester City.The English title-holders were magnificent in overcoming Atleti 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday but after the match Conte complained that City had been granted extra rest ahead of a crunch domestic clash – Pep Guardiola’s men having beaten Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 on Tuesday.Napoli 7/2 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliant 67th-minute winner on Saturday ensured City returned to the top of the Premier League table, having dominated for long spells at Stamford Bridge.”It was a tough game but we know very well that Manchester City is a really big team and it’s very difficult, this type of game. The details move the result,” Conte told BT Sport.”I think we gave everything and I’m very happy for the commitment, desire and will to fight from my players against a really strong team.”I think when you play against Manchester City, for sure, usually they dominate the ball.”In this type of game you need a bit of time to recover, to run and put on pressure. If you are tired it is not simple to go box to box.”When pressed on the issue of fatigue following Chelsea’s exertions in the Spanish capital, Conte said: “About this issue I have already spoken. It is not important to repeat the same concept.”I am very proud to be the coach of these players.”We’ll be hearing from Antonio Conte shortly… #CHEMCI pic.twitter.com/qCg8OtlwVF— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 30, 2017Chelsea’s task was made more difficult by top scorer Alvaro Morata hobbling off with apparent hamstring discomfort after 35 minutes.Conte sent on Willian in place of the Spain striker, only introducing a recognised centre-forward in Michy Batshuayi after De Bruyne broke the deadlock.”We had to stay more calm during the game and wait for the right moments,” the Chelsea boss added.”We created chances and we didn’t take them. Manchester City created chances and scored. Great compliments to this team.”last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Suarez granted rest by Uruguay

first_imgUruguay Barcelona star Suarez granted rest by Uruguay Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 06:52 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) LuisSuarez - cropped Getty Images Uruguay Luis Suárez Poland v Uruguay Austria v Uruguay Barcelona v Málaga Austria Poland Barcelona Friendlies Primera División With qualification sealed for Russia 2018 the Celeste are giving their sharpshooter for a break in the upcoming friendly double-header Luis Suarez has been left out of the Uruguay squad for friendlies against Poland and Austria in November to help his rehabilitation from a knee injury.The striker was expected to miss over a month when he sustained the problem in the second leg of Barcelona’s Supercopa de Espana defeat to Real Madrid in August but was cleared to play for Uruguay just a fortnight later.Barcelona 13/2 to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A draw against Argentina and a victory over Paraguay in that round of fixtures proved important to Oscar Tabarez’s side qualifying for next year’s World Cup, but they will be without Suarez as they continue their preparations next month.”The AUF informs that the medical department of Barcelona proposes, in order to continue with the good evolution and rehabilitation of the right knee of Luis Suarez, the undertaking of medical and physiological treatment for a week from November 11,” an official statement read.”For this reason, the player will not participate in the friendly games planned for November 10 and 14 against Poland and Austria.”Barca coach Ernesto Valverde denied Suarez was struggling with an injury during a media conference on Wednesday and backed the 30-year-old to rediscover his best form soon.El Cuerpo Técnico de @Uruguay reservó a 23 futbolistas del exterior para los amistosos ante Polonia (10/11) y Austria (14/11). pic.twitter.com/PlI3H42rxq— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) October 20, 2017Uruguay squad: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Martin Campana (Independiente); Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP), Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Maxi Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Martin Caceres (Verona), Mauricio Lemos (Las Palmas); Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Racing Club), Matias Vecino (Inter), Federico Valverde (Deportivo La Coruna), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Pachuca), Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders); Gaston Pereiro (PSV), Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain).last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Team news: Rashford and Mkhitaryan dropped

first_imgManchester United Manchester United team news: Rashford and Mkhitaryan drop out Last updated 2 years ago 21:06 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Huddersfield Town Jose Mourinho makes four changes, with Jesse Lingard getting a first league start and Anthony Martial returning Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will both start on the bench as Manchester United face Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.Anthony Martial returns to the starting XI on the left, while Jesse Lingard steps in for his first league start of the season with Juan Mata likely to switch inside to replace Mkhitaryan as a No.10.Martial 23/20 Anytime goalscorer on dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Phil Jones and Ashley Young both start in defence, with Daley Blind and Victor Lindelof replaced after playing the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over Benfica on Wednesday.Manchester United XIHuddersfield recall Aaron Mooy and give a second league start to Danny Williams as David Wagner bolsters his midfield against the second-placed Red Devils, while Chris Lowe returns at left-back in place of Scott Malone.If United keep a clean sheet they will become the first Premier League team ever to shut out eight opponents in their first nine games of a season.Huddersfield: Lossl; Smith, Jorgensen, Schindler, Lowe; Mooy, Williams, Hogg; Kachunga, Ince; Depoitre. Subs: Coleman, Malone, Sabiri, Cranie, Van La Parra, Mounie, Hadergjonaj.Man Utd: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young; Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Blind, Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Darmian, McTominay. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Swansea vs Man Utd: Team news & TV

first_imgLeague Cup Swansea vs Manchester United: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & Carabao Cup preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 22:57 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Images League Cup Manchester United Swansea City v Manchester United Swansea City Jose Mourinho’s men will be itching to set the record straight and get back to winning ways following their shock loss to Huddersfield Town Manchester United will attempt to put their disappointing weekend loss to Huddersfield Town behind them on Tuesday when they face Swansea City in the Carabao Cup last 16.The Red Devils are the reigning champions and Jose Mourinho will, no doubt, be keen to see his players recover from the embarrassment of losing so convincingly to a recently-promoted team.Swansea, meanwhile, have struggled in the Premier League this season so far, but the Welsh outfit will be hopeful that they can string together a cup run in order to give them a much-needed boost. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Swansea vs Manchester United Date Tuesday, October 24 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Romelu Lukaku Manchester UnitedIn the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football, or alternatively online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go The game will not be broadcast live on television in the US but it will be available to stream live online using ESPN’s WatchESPN facility. US TV channel Online stream N/A NBC Sports App SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Swansea players Goalkeepers Fabianski, Nordtfeldt, Mulder Defenders Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Rangel, Naughton, Bartley, Fernandez Midfielders Ki, Britton, Fer, Dyer, Carroll, Routledge, Clucas, Sanches, Mesa, King, Fulton Forwards Abraham, Bony, Ayew, Narsingh, Baker-Richardson Defender Kyle Bartley is a long-term absentee for Swansea as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. However, Wilfried Bony could be available for selection again having missed over a month with a hamstring injury.Potential starting XI:  Fabianski; Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Naughton; Sanches, Britton, Carroll, Ayew, Narsingh; Abraham. Position Manchester United players Goalkeepers De Gea, Romero, Pereira Defenders Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Valencia, Blind, Smalling, Shaw, Darmian, Tuanzebe Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Carrick, Young, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Fellaini, Matic, Mitchell, McTominay Forwards Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Martial, Rashford Jose Mourinho must contend with a deepening crisis in terms of defensive personnel with Phil Jones a concern after limping off during the game against Huddersfield Town. Jones joins Eric Bailly on the sidelines meaning that there is likely to be a reshuffle at the back.Marouane Fellaini is unlikely to feature, while Paul Pogba, who is recovering from a knee injury, is also among those unavailable. Mourinho hinted that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would play in 2017, but it will be a number of weeks before he sees competitive action again, while Marcos Rojo is also ruled out.Potential starting XI:  Romero; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashord; Lukaku.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Tammy AbrahamManchester United are heavy favourites at 1/2 according to dabblebet, with Swansea priced at 13/2 to beat the Red Devils. A draw between the teams is available at 16/5.Click here to see all the available markets for the Carabao Cup match between United and Swansea, including first goalscorer and more.GAME PREVIEW Jose Mourinho EFL Cup Final 02262017After sprinting out of the blocks at the start of the season, Manchester United have begun to slow down somewhat and October has proven to be a difficult month.Following his side’s surprising 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield on Saturday, Mourinho suggested that his players were suffering due to their Champions League exploits and it will be interesting to see what kind of team the Portuguese fields on Tuesday, for, while they are defending champions, there is no doubt that United have bigger fish to fry this season.A massive league game against Tottenham awaits four days after the clash with Swansea and that match has taken on greater significance in light of the weekend’s results, with Spurs moving level on points with the Red Devils. Benfica and Chelsea follow the game against Spurs and, if Mourinho is to ensure his team weather the storm, he will have to rotate his squad.Injuries to key players has not helped their cause, with Jones joining his centre-back partner Bailly on the sidelines, but if they can come through this difficult spell, United will soon be bolstered by the returns of Pogba, Fellaini and Ibrahimovic, which will give them a huge boost heading into the end of the year.last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Faf du Plessis: ‘Me and the players understand we’re playing for something a lot bigger than us’

first_imgWithin the space of a year Faf du Plessis has gone from being punished by the International Cricket Council for dabbing some minty saliva on a ball in a Test to leading out their World XI as the governing body brings back top-level cricket to Pakistan.Since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009, when two civilians and six police officers were killed, only Zimbabwe have visited the country out of the 10 Test playing nations. It has left one of cricket’s most wondrous crucibles of talent without live action at home while the national team play either away or at neutral venues. The hope now from the ICC, after the successful staging of the Pakistan Super League final in March, is the three-match Twenty20 series against their World XI this week, led by South African’s impressive captain, will encourage more teams to visit (Sri Lanka and West Indies have pencilled in fixtures) and keep the sport’s flame burning in a country starved of seeing their heroes in the flesh.“I’d like to look back at the end of my career and think I did something that made an impact on people’s lives,” Du Plessis tells the Guardian from the team bus in Dubai on Sunday evening before their arrival in Lahore in the early hours of Monday morning.“I can’t imagine being a youngster and not seeing my heroes play in person and so me and the players understand we’re playing for something a lot bigger than us.”Du Plessis, whose 14-man squad include his international team-mates, Hashim Amla and Morne Morkel, as well as England’s World Twenty20-winning captain, Paul Collingwood, had initially declined the trip, only for the silver tongue of the World XI’s coach, Andy Flower, and a suitable gap in a hectic schedule to persuade him otherwise.Security was the main hurdle to overcome. Lahore remains volatile, such that just last month a bomb in the eastern part of the city claimed 26 lives. Accordingly the matches at the Gaddafi Stadium, starting on Tuesday, are being played amid a vast military presence, with more than 1,000 commandos protecting the hotel alone. Share on LinkedIn England put emphasis on tried and tested in selection thinking for Ashes Share via Email Amla and Morkel, in Lahore with the World XI, have been linked with similar retirements but Du Plessis has had personal assurances from the pair it is untrue. “They have decided to stick around and it’s a bit of a relief because they are high-quality cricketers. It’s always possible with our players and things can change. And as I said before with Kyle and Rilee, they aren’t being nasty to the team, they are just looking after their futures.”Discussing such matters or predictions for the Ashes – “both teams have two or three batting spots yet to be nailed down but while I feel you can put Australia under pressure with early wickets, England’s all-rounders just keep coming at you” – feels a touch trivial but perhaps a welcome distraction from the “movie set” Du Plessis is expecting on arrival.he pictures beamed back from Lahore as the team arrive at the airport after our call, before travelling to the team hotel amid a 26-car motorcade along closed roads, highlight the incredible operation involved in getting international cricket back to Pakistan.“It’s a huge honour to be here as it’s not often when you are playing cricket in a cause which is much bigger than the game,” Du Plessis tells a press conference later in the day.“As a professional, numerous factors played their part. Money was one of them but what really convinced me was that as a sportsman you want to leave your footprint on the game.” Facebook Pakistan cricket team A policeman stands guard while Pakistan take part in a a practice session at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Reuse this contentcenter_img Twitter Share on WhatsApp Facebook interviews Soldiers patrol outside the Gaddafi Stadium in the buildup to Pakistan taking on a World XI. Photograph: K.M. Chaudary/AP Tickets are bought in local banks and then redeemed at the stadium using biometric testing to confirm identities, while roads will be closed. The number of security personnel has been reported as more than 10,000 – around a third of supporters expected for each of the sellout matches.A £75,000-a-man tour fee is being paid to the World XI players – Du Plessis believes the figure was needed to attract the high-quality talent on show – and now they must try to put aside the whirring helicopters and the snipers on the roof and concentrate on cricket at hand in matches that have full international status, thus making them a comeback of sorts for the retired Collingwood.“You’ve just got to try to somehow put that to the back of your mind and watch the ball,” Du Plessis says. “Every question about security has been answered. I only found out today the games are official but even if they weren’t, it wouldn’t affect why we are here.”Blocking out peripheral noise is something Du Plessis has previous for – albeit on a lesser scale – when during South Africa’s 2-1 Test victory in Australia last November he found himself amid an almighty storm. Caught on camera applying a touch of sugary spit from a mint to a ball in the second Test, Du Plessis was charged with ball-tampering not by the match referee but by the ICC chief executive, Dave Richardson.Du Plessis’s response to a week of white heat from the Australian press and some argy-bargy with a TV reporter in Adelaide airport – “it was hilarious really” Du Plessis recalls – was a gimlet-eyed century in the third Test. Although he was fined 100% of his match fee and given points on his record, his rock-steady leadership both at the time and subsequently is perhaps why Flower would not relent in getting his World XI captain.“Every time you captain, it’s a nice recognition and personally I saw this trip as an opportunity to captain different personalities and nationalities and learn from them,” says Du Plessis, who after Friday’s finale heads back to South Africa to begin preparations for their Test series against Bangladesh.He will link up with a new coach on his return, with Ottis Gibson having signed off from his second spell in charge of England’s bowlers to take over the Proteas. “I’m really excited, there is always anticipation ahead of a new start. The word on the street is he’s very good. Anyone that can add value to me as a captain and a player, to help me grow with my bowlers, is welcome.”While Du Plessis’s best friend, AB de Villiers, has announced a return to Test cricket after an 18-month sabbatical, albeit once Bangladesh are out of the way, South Africa continue to battle against players being lured into Kolpak deals in county cricket, as occurred at the start of the year when the seamer Kyle Abbott and the batsman Rilee Rossouw swapped international careers for Hampshire. Topics Read more South Africa cricket team Cricket Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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November 16, 2019 0

Rangers survive early Scottish Cup scare before thrashing Ayr United 6-1

first_img James Forrest scored a hat-trick against Partick Thistle. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Demetri Mitchell of Hearts celebrates after scoring Hearts’ second goal with Kyle Lafferty and Christophe Berra. Photograph: Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images Share on Facebook Topics Facebook Twitter The Celtic manager said: “We got through which was important. Certainly if we want to win the cup again we will need to defend better and play better.”Thistle were in trouble after three minutes, when a loose ball from Baily Cargill conceded possession to Scott Brown. The Celtic captain knocked the ball forward and when Moussa Dembélé’s shot was blocked by Partick’s Danny Devine, the ball spun to Forrest, who knocked it in from eight yards for his 14th goal of the season.His second goal came when he picked the ball up on the halfway line and ran almost unimpeded to the edge of the Thistle box before checking and firing past Tomas Cerny.In the 20th minute, and out of the blue, Thistle were handed a lifeline. Under no pressure, Simunovic was woefully short with an attempted pass back to home keeper Dorus de Vries and from the edge of the box the alert Doolan lofted it over the Dutchman and into the net.Partick found themselves two goals adrift again eight minutes after the restart. Scott Sinclair took a Kieran Tierney pass inside the box and cut the ball back for Forrest to squeeze his close-range drive past Cerny.Again Thistle unexpectedly came back. With six minutes remaining Sammon took a Chris Erskine pass and held off Simunovic before hooking a right-footed shot past De Vries and into the far corner of the net.There was the hint of more drama in three minutes of added time when a fine cross from Erskine almost fell for Ryan Edwards inside the six-yard box before De Vries gathered to prevent a replay.In other Scottish Cup action, Kyle Lafferty’s two goals helped to ease Hearts into the quarter-finals as they were comfortable 3-0 winners over St Johnstone at Tynecastle. Rangers Share on LinkedIn Facebook The Jambos took control early with Lafferty’s opening goal after seven minutes, which was then followed by a superb 20-yard strike for the second from on-loan Manchester United defender Demetri Mitchell nine minutes after the break. Lafferty struck again four minutes later to seal victory.Craig Tanner recorded his third goal against Dundee this season as Motherwell progressed with a 2-0 victory over Dundee at Dens Park. The goalkeeper Elliot Parish will be disappointed with his part in conceding Dundee’s two goals. He allowed Tanner’s 30th-minute strike to squirm underneath his body for the first goal. Parish then raced off his line as two of his defenders appeared to be coping with a long ball over the top towards Curtis Main. As he ran out, the ball sailed past him after appearing to come off the head of Kevin Holt, although Main was credited with the goal. The 56th-minute goal killed off the contest and left Dundee to rue their wastefulness in front of goal.Brora Rangers’ dream run came to an end after losing 4-0 to Kilmarnock. Aaron Tshibola, who was making his full debut, opened the scoring after 42 minutes, with goals from Kris Boyd, Eamonn Brophy and Stephen O’Donnell securing the win.Cove Rangers also failed to become the first Highland League side to reach the sixth round after going down 3-1 at home to Falkirk. Alex Jakubiak gave Falkirk the lead in a frantic start at Harlaw Park with a goal after two minutes but Cove’s Mitchel Megginson responded within a minute to level the scores. The Bairns restored their lead just after half-time and then quickly added a third as they took control, Craig Sibbald scored after 46 minutes and Jakubiak grabbed his second two minutes later.Morton won the battle of the Championship teams with a 3-0 win against Dumbarton. Morton forged ahead after 12 minutes when Frank Ross shot into the bottom corner. Jack Iredale added a second four minutes after the break, and Bob McHugh wrapped up the scoring with 10 minutes remaining. Nial Briggs Pinterest Reuse this content On Saturday, James Forrest – brother of Ayr’s Alan, scored a hat-trick as Celtic overcame Partick Thistle in their Scottish Cup fifth-round tieThe winger scored twice in the opening 10 minutes before a mistake by the defender Jozo Simunovic allowed Kris Doolan to pull a goal back for the Jags. It looked done and dusted when Forrest fired in his third goal in the 53rd minute but in the 84th minute the Thistle substitute Conor Sammon, on for Doolan, fired in a second for the spirited visitors.It was not enough to prevent the holders going into Sunday’s quarter-final draw. Although he praised Forrest, Brendan Rodgers may be concerned with Celtic’s defensive frailties before the first leg of their Europa League tie against Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday. Pinterest center_img Read more Share on Pinterest Scottish Cup Liam Miller, former Celtic, Manchester United and Sunderland midfielder, dies aged 36 match reports Share on Twitter Twitter Share via Email The Observer Rangers survived an early scare against Ayr United before cruising into the Scottish Cup quarter-finals with a thumping 6-1 win at Somerset Park.Alan Forrest took advantage of a mistake by Gers goalkeeper Wed Foderingham in the 10th minute to give the League One side a shock lead before Alfredo Morelos levelled on the half-hour mark after missing a sitter from close range moments earlier. There was a delay to the start to the second-half as lines were cleared of snow but Graeme Murty’s side were ruthless after the break as Jason Cummings struck from close range in the 65th minute before a double from Josh Windass, either side of Morelos’ second, preceded a last-minute counter from Jamie Murphy. Share on WhatsApp Ayr Share on Messengerlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Leinster 15-12 Racing 92: European Champions Cup final player ratings

first_imgTopics Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Garry Ringrose 6 Started to find the odd chink as the game built to its climax, which he took with his usual aplomb. Otherwise found Vakatawa in his face throughout and guilty of a high shot himself.Robbie Henshaw 6 A workmanlike afternoon for Leinster’s midfield, a few carries, a few tackles, but never quite able to spark in the relentless rain. Took a few hefty bangs but still running come the end.Isa Nacewa 7 Stood up to land the winning penalties and seal his time in Dublin in appropriate style. Looked great on occasion, a bit loose on others, but the man’s class came through, as ever.Johnny Sexton 6 A couple of misses from the tee, one particularly ugly, but his assured hand on the tiller could be felt throughout. Another crucial reference point just where a team wants one.Luke McGrath 6 Fitness in some doubt, but he looked fine. Generally sharp service and intervened a couple of times with crucial cover tackles. Kicking useful, if not quite as sharp as Iribaren’s.Cian Healy 7 A right handful with ball in hand, he has rediscovered some of the form of old, which makes him yet another bastion of experience and knowhow just where it’s needed.Sean Cronin 6 Never missed his man at the lineout on a filthy wet day and put in a few very handy carries, one in the second half in particular.Tadhg Furlong 6 He’s had more eye-catching performances in this stellar season of his. The scrum contest was pretty even, but if anyone edged it Leinster did, forcing the odd free-kick. Share on Twitter Sexton and Nacewa kick Leinster to Champions Cup glory against Racing 92 Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Leinster Share on Facebook The Observer Read more news Share via Email Rugby union Racing 92 Champions Cup Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Devin Toner 6 The big lump kept Racing’s defence honest, running forcibly on to Sexton’s deft passes. He was solid under the restarts and looks as assertive as he ever has been.James Ryan 8 Still unbeaten! Safe at the lineout and a tireless worker in the loose, second only to Leavy on that front. Doesn’t quite scatter defenders but is always on hand to sustain momentum.Scott Fardy 6 Had more than his fair share of run-ins with the authorities, which costs him a point. Made one fine gallop down the right, just when most humans would have been gasping for air.Dan Leavy 9 What a season for this guy. Leinster’s top trooper, as his battered face will testify, hitting up time and again, and throwing himself where knees are sharp. Top carrier, top tackler. Extraordinary.Jordi Murphy 5 A steady day’s work, always up for a carry. Some of the sheen taken off by a penalty and knock-on just before he was substituted.Racing 92Louis Dupichot 4 Early take to settle nerves, but shakier after that. Missed one up-and-under and a horrible high tackle forced him off for treatment. Anonymous in the second halfTeddy Thomas 6 We all know about the attacking skills, but he showed himself to be more than handy in defence too. Very cool under pressure, until one crazy run into touch with minutes to goVirimi Vakatawa 7 A menace to the Leinster midfield as they tried to weave their patterns with all that possession and those phases. Garry Ringrose felt him keenly. Also tested them out with ball in handHenry Chavancy 6 A few mighty clashes, he ably assisted his mate outside on the defensive-nuisance front. Quick to the floor when he had to be – and to the air. Conceded a couple of penaltiesMarc Andreu 5 He was sought out by Leinster’s kicking game – and for good reason. The little feller couldn’t quite escape, but neither did he quite wilt. Ledger even come the endPat Lambie 5 Had kept even the eventually injured Dan Carter out of the team. An early run hinted why, but he twisted his knee and was off in the third minute. Racing down to third-choice 10Teddy Iribaren 8 Under pressure already with Maxime Machenaud, then more after Pat Lambie off. Loves pressure. Kicking from hand superb. Drifted a bit in third quarter but was sharp in the fourthEddy Ben Arous 6 Huge work-rate, tackle after tackle. Did plenty of tidying and held up against Tadhg Furlong perfectly well at scrum. Little bit of indiscipline nearly costly at start of second halfCamille Chat 8 This guy is France’s hooker, long-term. A ball of muscle and more or less accurate from the touchline, what’s not to like. Superb and vital turnover near end of first halfCedate Gomes Sa 6 Keeping the mighty Ben Tameifuna out of team and we were afforded glimpses of his athleticism. Solid at set piece and on hand to tidy up some filth round the fringesDonnacha Ryan 6 One of Racing’s top tacklers and a solid worker in the tight. Also ran hard and effectively as Racing tried to raise the pace as the game reached its sharp endLeone Nakarawa 6 Not the weather for his famous off-loading game, not that it stopped him trying it. Forcing it, indeed. Lucky not to see yellow in first half, but very effective at lineoutWenceslas Lauret 7 Endless tackling in the face of Leinster’s recycling machine. Put in the odd carry too, but defence is what he’s all about – today was just the day for itBernard Le Roux 6 Did so much right – and more than the opposite – but did make a few errors to undo the tireless tackling and a couple of telling interventions in attackYannick Nyanga 7 Inspirational performance from the captain. He was Racing’s most effective carrier, reading the game so well at the back, and cool at the base of the scrum Since you’re here… Leinster Rob Kearney 7 Not quite the attacking force he once was, but never afraid of a cute counterattack. Remains as solid under the high ball as anyone. Reassurance in a crucial position – Leinster all over.Jordan Larmour 5 We got a glimpse of the dancing feet early on, and he found a few metres, but the key moments were happening elsewhere. All part of the learning curve.last_img read more


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Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson put England on top against Pakistan

first_imgThis was not the Headingley of old when batsmen were constantly tormented by low movement off a treacherous track but the ball swung all day, often late in its flightpath and there was enough pace and bounce there for the majority of the nicks to carry. Batting was a trial whenever the bowlers’ radar was working.The Pakistan wickets were shared by a quartet of seamers, which included Sam Curran, who was given his first Test cap by Graham Thorpe at 10.15am after it was established that Ben Stokes was not fit to play. Curran’s first Test wicket was donated to him five hours later when Shadab, stranded with the last man, swung vigorously only to be caught at deep midwicket by Keaton Jennings. When Curran relates this landmark to his grandchildren (a long time from now – he’s only 19) he might point out that Jennings was England’s regular forward short-leg in this match and that his victim succumbed in the old leg trap. That may be enough detail; in any case it does not matter how you get that first one.The other pacemen took three wickets apiece, which constituted a satisfactory return for Chris Woakes, who was preferred to Mark Wood, partly because, in the absence of Stokes, England were required to rejig the batting line-up.Stuart Broad, no doubt pricked by the observations of the odd former colleague in the media, was the first to get the ball swinging. In his first over Imam-ul-Haq was given lbw by Rod Tucker, only to review successfully with the ball shown to be going over the stumps. No matter; Imam swung wantonly at the last ball of Broad’s over and Root held a neat catch at third slip.It was already apparent that the ball was swinging though in his first spell Jimmy Anderson was not able to exploit this as clinically as usual. Broad remained determined to bowl full while there was movement and he was rewarded with the wicket of Azhar Ali with an lbw that the batsman immediately recognised could not be reviewed. Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter England v Pakistan 2018 Support The Guardian Read more Sign up for The Spin, our weekly cricket email. The International Cricket Council is contemplating the virtues of getting rid of the toss in Test cricket. Well, there are two captains, Joe Root and Sarfraz Ahmed, who might welcome being spared the agony of deciding what to do every time they win the toss. They are also becoming unwitting advocates of abandoning this idea.At Lord’s last week Root, despite a surprisingly green tinge to the playing surface, batted and England subsided to 184 all out on the first day. Here Sarfraz did the obvious thing. The pitch was dry and brown; the sun was trying to creep through hazy cloud, a task it rarely fulfilled; Pakistan batted and were bowled out for 174 and that total was bolstered by a late rally led by the irrepressible Shadab Khan. By the close England sat contentedly at 106 for two. Once again losing the toss had proved to be a wonderful bonus. Share on Messenger Share via Email Under-fire Stuart Broad sets a bowling standard that was missing at Lord’s Read more England cricket teamcenter_img Share on Pinterest Pakistan cricket team Cricket Share on WhatsApp Jennings was positive in attack and defence. His ploy of standing almost a foot out of his crease when facing Mohammad Abbas was well conceived and executed; there was even one disdainful cover drive hit with such certainty that he could stand and admire the ball speeding to the boundary. Cook also hinted at fluency with his feet moving nimbly and they posted an opening partnership of 53, which equalled the highest for England since the start of the Ashes tour.Jennings looked to be relishing his return but his departure was limp. He prodded forward to Ashraf and in the last millisecond before playing the ball he may have decided to leave it. The ball feathered his outside edge and a golden opportunity had passed.The same applied to his partner an hour later. After adding 51 with Root with few alarms Cook managed to glove an ugly bouncer from Hasan and was caught behind down the leg side, a disappointing end to a heartening day for England.For the moment, at least, the ship has stopped listing. Since you’re here… Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on Facebook Topics Woakes had not bowled with a red ball since the Melbourne Test – he was using a pink one in Auckland, after which he was dropped – and he bowled a horrible first over; a wide long-hop was followed by a long half-volley and eight runs to the total.But he settled well after that, comforted by the fact that the ball was moving more for England here than it did at Lord’s. Soon Woakes had the key wickets of Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq, both caught in a slip cordon that functioned better than in the first Test, though there was one inexpensive drop by Dawid Malan, the new second slip, who had been hampered by the sight of Root diving towards him.At lunch Pakistan had sunk to 68 for four and within another half an hour they were 79 for seven as the old firm set to work. Anderson was now on target and he removed Ahmed and Faheem Ashraf, while Broad ensured that Usman Salahuddin’s first day as a Test cricketer would end in disappointment; he was lbw for four.Mohammad Amir opted for valour rather than discretion and was caught behind off Anderson for 13 prompting the Yorkshire crowd to start chanting “Oh Jimmy, Jimmy …” as if he was one of their own.Now Pakistan rallied through Shadab and a belligerent Hasan Ali, who added 43 together. Occasionally, Woakes’s rustiness was evident. As ever a bad ball at Headingley stood up and begged to be hit but a sharp caught and bowled brought the end of Hasan, not long before Curran celebrated his first wicket. By now the sun had obligingly resurfaced, which meant that batting was easier when Alastair Cook and Jennings began England’s reply. match reports Reuse this contentlast_img read more


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